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Road Cycling

It is easy to see the appeal of road cycling: by covering longer distances compared to walking, you get to see much more, and at the same time you stay active and get to be close to nature.

It is equally easy to see what makes the region of Lugano a suitable destination for bike lovers. Terrific routes over mountain passes lead through vineyards, valleys on panoramic roads, inviting visitors to enjoy Lugano by bike.

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"There is no place like the Region of Lugano: my love for biking began right here, where I was born and raised. I encourage you to discover this piece of paradise located in Switzerland by riding along the routes of the Lugano area".

(Filippo Colombo)

Road Cycling

Cycling routes

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Cycling routes

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Bike friendly accommodations

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Special Hotels Offers

Discover the most ideal and convenient places where to spend the night. It's possible to choose from several kind of accomodation that offers you special bike packages.

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Bike Rental, Guide, Bike Shuttle Service & Workshops

Discover all the provided accessory services such as renting, Bike Guide, bike shuttle service and workshops.

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Transporting bikes

Discover how to transport your bicycle on public transports in the Region of Lugano.

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Bike Guided Excursions and Experiences

Here a selection of some bike guided excursions and experiences you can choose from!

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Cycling in Switzerland  

The most beautiful bike circuits in Switzerland.

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Outdoor

Peaks and Palms

From the wonderful peaks of the Swiss mountains to the palm trees along the shores of Lake Lugano. The beauty of nature, the mild climate and the typical hospitality of southern Switzerland are the ideal elements for a holiday in the outdoor dedicated to well-being.

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Outdoor

Peaks and Palms

From the wonderful peaks of the Swiss mountains to the palm trees along the shores of Lake Lugano. The beauty of nature, the mild climate and the typical hospitality of southern Switzerland are the ideal elements for a holiday in the outdoor dedicated to well-being.

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Cycling routes

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Road cycling - LUGANO – MORCOTE – CASLANO – MIGLIEGLIA – TESSERETE – MONTE BAR – MONTE BRÈ - LUGANO

Lugano Road Bike Tour

A circular itinerary proposed in three stages, to discover this varied territory surrounded by nature.

3 STAGES

Length 160.4 km
Duration 15 h 15'
Height difference 4321 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - LUGANO – CARONA – MORCOTE – PONTE TRESA – PORTO CERESIO (I) – RIVA SAN VITALE – MELIDE – LUGANO

The Lake of Lugano

A fascinating and classic route for road bike lovers: the partial tour of Lake Lugano.

Length 77.4 km
Duration 5 h 10'
Height difference 897 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - AGNO – CASLANO – SESSA – MIGLIEGLIA – AROSIO – GRAVESANO – AGNO

Malcantone Tour

This itinerary allows you to cycle along the entire extension of this hilly region surrounded by nature.

Length 50 km
Duration 4 h 20'
Height difference 1139 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - LUGANO – ALBONAGO – MONTE BRÈ – CASTAGNOLA – CASSARATE – LUGANO

The Monte Brè trail

The city of Lugano lies at the foot of this mountain that overlooks and protects it on the eastern side.

Length 24 km
Duration 2 h 15'
Height difference 659 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions medium
Road cycling - AGNO – LUINO (I) – GERRA GAMBAROGNO – MONTE CENERI – AGNO

Discovering the two largest lakes in Ticino

This route crosses the border and connects the so-called south with the north of Ticino, initially starting from lake Lugano, then going up the river Tresa which connects the two lakes and acts as a border, and then continuing on the other side along the Verbano riverbank.

Length 76.6 km
Duration 5 h
Height difference 909 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - LUGANO – CANOBBIO – TESSERETE – ORIGLIO – COMANO - LUGANO

Towards the Capriasca along the old railroad

The initial cycle path between Canobbio and Lugaggia is immersed in the woods and was previously the railway line connecting the town with the outskirts.

Length 28.7 km
Duration 2 h 40'
Height difference 772 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions medium
Road cycling - LUGANO – CARONA – MORCOTE – AGNO – ORIGLIO – TESSERETE – LUGANO

Around Lugano

An intriguing and varied circular itinerary that accompanies the discovery of the most central area of the Lugano region.

Length 56.8 km
Duration 4 h 20'
Height difference 995 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - LUGANO – CARONA – MORCOTE – MONTAGNOLA – LAGHETTO DI MUZZANO – LUGANO

Up and down the peninsula

The itinerary will take you uphill to the characteristic village of Carona, and the panoramic Parco San Grato.

Length 40.8 km
Duration 3 h 30'
Height difference 922 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - LUGANO – PORLEZZA (I) – LANZO D’INTELVI (I) – SIGHIGNOLA (I) – AROGNO – MELIDE – LUGANO

The italian panoramic terrace overlooking Lugano

This route takes you across the border to the top of the Sighignola mountain (1,320 m.), which is located in Italy but offers a typically Ticino-like panorama.

Length 73.6 km
Duration 6 h 20'
Height difference 1726 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - AGNO – PONTE TRESA – SESSA – LAGHETTO DI ASTANO – MIGLIEGLIA – ARANNO – AGNO

In the heart of the Malcantone region between woods and hills

The name of this tour describes its main feature.

Length 51.1 km
Duration 4 h 40'
Height difference 1288 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - AGNO – CASLANO – PONTE TRESA – PURA – AGNO

Discovering the local attractions

Discovering the many and varied attractions present in this small corner of the region, while sitting comfortably on the bicycle, a relaxed cycle mainly far away from the traffic.

Length 20.7 km
Duration 1 h 25'
Height difference 258 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions easy
Road cycling - LUGANO – TESSERETE – MOTTO DELLA CROCE (MONTE BAR) – MAGLIO DI COLLA – SONVICO – LUGANO

Up towards the imposing Monte Bar

Monte Bar has always been a popular destination for the people of Lugano, and over time it has become an essential stop for all visitors to Lugano who love both nature and two wheels.

Length 45.9 km
Duration 4 h 50'
Height difference 1625 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - LUGANO – TESSERETE – BIDOGNO – BOGNO – MAGLIO DI COLLA – TESSERETE – LUGANO

The Val Colla Tour

The route initially leads along the stretch between Canobbio and Tesserete, from the city to the outskirts, along an old railway line immersed in the woods and continues along the two main roads, with little traffic, which are located at both ends of Val Colla.

Length 36.6 km
Duration 3 h 20'
Height difference 1000 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - AGNO – PONTE TRESA – MIGLIEGLIA – CADEMARIO – BIOGGIO – AGNO

On the slopes of Monte Lema

This route pays tribute to Monte Lema, the mountain with a dominating all-round panorama and that best represents the Malcantone region.

Length 38.4 km
Duration 3 h 15'
Height difference 867 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult
Road cycling - Basel - Bellinzona - Lugano - Mendrisio - Chiasso

North-South route nr. 3, Basel-Chiasso

Why not reach Ticino by bike over the Alps?

Length 374 km
Duration 25 h 20'
Height difference 4613 m
Requirements difficult
Conditions difficult